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Birth Center

Having Your Baby
at the Cambridge Birth Center

CHA Birth CenterThe Cambridge Birth Center opened its doors in December 1997 in a renovated Victorian home. Our center's intimate atmosphere provides a truly homelike experience for women and their families who are looking for an alternative to a traditional hospital birth. We are recognized by the American Association of Birth Centers and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.


Why choose the Cambridge Birth Center

  • Comfortable Birth Rooms. The Cambridge Birth Center provides three comfortable birth rooms with deep bathtubs or Jacuzzis, a family room, kitchen, living room and garden. We also have a small children's play area, an elevator for handicapped access, and three exam rooms for prenatal and gynecological care.
  • Freedom to move about. Supported by family and friends during labor, you have the freedom to move about the Birth Center and garden. Our Cambridge Doulas can provide additional support during labor and postpartum home support, should you need it.
  • A very personal touch. You will receive personal care from our staff of skilled professionals who understand the physical, emotional and cultural needs of women. From the beginning of pregnancy through birth and postpartum, the choices are yours, as you work with your midwife to create your own unique childbirth experience.

Understanding that childbirth is truly a family event, we support and encourage your family to play an active role in welcoming your baby. ​


Meet Our Certified Nurse Midwives

Our nurse midwives are trained in the two disciplines of nursing and midwifery, and are certified by The American College of Nurse-Midwives. In Massachusetts, Nurse-Midwives are licensed as advanced practice nurses and are authorized to write prescriptions. Our midwives, many of whom are bicultural and bilingual, provide complete care throughout your pregnancy, labor and birth, including prenatal physical exams; lab work; individualized teaching; treatment of common health problems, referrals for amniocentesis and ultrasound; and natural childbirth.

Leslie Ludka, MSN, CNM Leslie Ludka, MSN, CNM

Director of Midwifery & Director of CHA Cambridge Birth Center

Breece, Constance, CNM, MSN
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lyle, Heidi, CNM, MPH
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Carr, Marylou, RN, MSN, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
McKenna, Fedelma, CNM, MSN
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ewan, Jean, CNM, MPH
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
McMahan, Therese, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Her, Phary, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
McSwiggin, Maureen, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lapowsky, Ellen, CNM, BSN
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Rowan, Kathryn, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ludka, Leslie, MSN, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Please note that this page may not include CHA Medical Staff who occasionally see patients or do teaching at this site or service. For a complete list of medical staff and allied health providers credentialed to provide care within our system, please contact the Office of Medical Staff Services at 617-665-1616.


Who can use the Cambridge Birth Center?

We support the natural process of pregnancy and childbirth. Many pregnancies and births do not require the care or interventions available in a hospital. If your pregnancy is healthy and without medical problems, the Cambridge Birth Center is a safe and satisfying option for the birth of your baby.


In the event of hospital care

In the event that hospital care is needed by you or your baby, a transfer will be made to our Maternity Suite at the Cambridge campus, located across the street from the Cambridge Birth Center. The midwives will continue to provide your care with the assistance of our obstetricians or pediatricians, when necessary.





Contact Us

1493 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-665-2229
Fax: 617-665-1165


Birth Center Photo Tour


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